Overly large breasts can be a true burden for some women. In many cases, women with disproportionately large breasts suffer from physical, emotional, and psychological discomfort. Large, cumbersome breasts can cause chronic back and neck pain, lead to unwanted attention, and prevent you from participating in activities you enjoy. Breast reduction surgery corrects the size of large, pendulous breasts to produce smaller, better proportioned, and more youthful breasts.
Women seeking breast reduction surgery should be in good health and have realistic expectations about their results. Candidates often have breasts that they feel are disproportionately large compared to the rest of their body. They may feel that their breasts are a cause of many health and emotional problems. Breast reduction may be performed on any woman who has reached her breast development maturity. Some women wait until after having children to avoid any alterations that pregnancy and breastfeeding may have on their breast reduction results. Patients seeking breast reduction surgery may identify with one or more of the following:
- Breasts that limit physical activity
- Excessive breast weight that causes back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Skin irritation beneath the breast crease
- Self-image issues
- Unwanted attention
Breast Reduction Procedure
Breast reduction surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure with the patient under general anesthesia. An incision is created through which excess glandular tissue and skin are removed. The nipple and areola are repositioned for a more youthful placement and projection. The remaining tissue is lifted and shaped for a new, more attractive breast contour.
Traditionally, anchor incisions have been the technique of choice for performing breast reduction surgery. This technique requires an extensive incision around the areola, vertically down the breast, and along the breast crease. Dr. Corbin rarely uses the anchor incision and prefers to utilize one of the following more limited incisions when possible to decrease the amount of visible scarring:
Circumvertical incisions utilize an incision around the areola and vertically down the breast
SPAIR (short scar periareolar inferior pedicle reduction) technique places the incision around the areola and only in extreme cases, slightly down the breast
Liposuction of the breasts may be combined with your breast reduction surgery. Liposuction can remove unwanted fat from the breasts, armpits, back, and sides. Eliminating excess fat helps create a better-defined breast contour and, if desired, more slender body contours.
Following your surgery, you will experience bruising, swelling, and redness. You may experience some mild discomfort that can be controlled using oral pain medication. It is important that you properly care for incisions to avoid developing any complications. For the first few days, you will rest in an upright position.
You should avoid all strenuous physical activity for three to four weeks. You can return to your normal activities after this time with your surgeon’s permission. Most major swelling should have subsided after six weeks, at which time you can see your results. Minor swelling may temporarily cause your breasts to appear larger than their final size. This swelling will subside over a period of six months, after which time you should be able to see your final results.
If you are tired of large, cumbersome breasts preventing you from living the life you desire, schedule your consultation with Dr. Corbin today. Contact our Beverly Hills office at (310) 284-8384, our Brea office at (714) 671-3033, or fill out our online contact form here for additional information.